The proposed nuclear power plant at Haripur in Bengal’s Burdwan district would not be set up without consulting the local people, renewable energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said.
Abdullah, who was in Kolkata on Tuesday, told a gathering at Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur via video conferencing that a final decision on setting up the plant should be endorsed by the local people.
“The decision has to be mutually accepted by the government and the people living there. We cannot force them and nothing will be done without their consent,” he said.
In November 2006, a team of government-owned Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) visited Haripur, a fishing hamlet 215 km southwest of Kolkata, to look for land for the plant.
NPC, entrusted with setting up the Haripur plant, functions under the department of atomic energy.
Local fishermen responded by launching an agitation against the plan, fearing pollution in a densely populated area.
On January 11, about 5,000 fishermen from Haripur, a hamlet about 215 km southwest of Kolkata, are planning to converge in New Delhi to protest against the plan.